Cinema of the World
U.S.A. / 2010 / English dialogue / Colour / DCP / 132 minutes


Based on 'The Long Walk' by former Polish POW Slavomir Rawicz, the extraordinary true story of escape and survival, 'The Way Back', exudes raw power and fierce energy from the outset. Set in 1942, it begins with Janusz, a young Polish soldier, being sent to a gulag concentration camp, deep in the freezing wastes of Siberia. There he falls in with a disparate group of prisoners with whom he plots an audacious escape plan that would take them across thousands of miles to sanctuary in British India. What follows is an astonishing and relentlessly paced account of a desperate journey across borders, through extreme weather, through the bleak grey-white wastes of Siberia to the heat and sand of the Mongolian desert, under constant threat of exposure and the crucial evolution of the dynamic between the escapees. Some will survive the journey, others will not. Under extreme pressure, what measures will the men take to ensure their survival - and at what human cost?



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